Shrewsbury Flower Show is evacuated over ‘serious threat’: Police urge visitors to stay calm as they prowl the park following anonymous phone call
- Areas of Shrewsbury’s Quarry were evacuated at around 6:40pm this evening
Shrewsbury Flower Show was evacuated after police received an anonymous call making a ‘serious threat’.
A cordon was put in place and areas of Shrewsbury’s Quarry – where the event was being held – were cleared at around 6:40pm this evening.
West Mercia Police has urged visitors to stay calm as they prowl the park following the mysterious phone call.
Superintendent Damian Pettit said in a statement: ‘I know that the Shrewsbury Flower Show is a big event which has attracted significant crowds, particularly with today’s lovely weather, and that this threat may be alarming for visitors to the show.
‘I would urge visitors to stay calm and follow the advice of officers in the area. They are there to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you.
Shrewsbury Flower Show was evacuated after police received an anonymous call making a ‘serious threat’
Video footage shows people evacuating the scene after the mysterious phone call was made
West Mercia Police has urged visitors to stay calm as they prowl the park following the mysterious phone call
‘Thank you to all the visitors who have already cooperated with our officers – it is much appreciated and a huge help in situations like this.
‘At this stage we are assessing the threat and so are unable to provide any further information, but will update you as soon as possible via our Facebook and Twitter accounts, as well as on our website.’
Amanda Jones, of the event’s organising team, said: ‘The MOD are on their way to do a sweep after they received a call to say there are two suspicious packages at the show ground.
‘It is expected to take around two hours. The hope is that people can go back in for the fireworks but we don’t know yet.’
The firework display was due to start at around 9:50pm tonight.
MailOnline has contacted West Mercia Police for more information.
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